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evening. >> good evening. thanks to you at home for joining thus hour. president obama announced on mayday, on may 1st a couple of years ago that osama bin laden had been killed. the president said he had approved a covert mission inside pakistan that resulted in the death of the founder and later of al qaeda, the group that attacked us on september 11th, 2001, which led congress to pass the authorization for use of military force, which has justified the 12 years of war that have followed ever since. so the announcement that bin laden was dead on may 21st -- excuse me, on may 1st, 2010, may 1st, 2010. two days later, two days later on may 3rd, 2010, two days after that announcement, retired senator chuck hagel gave an interview to his hometown paper in lincoln, nebraska "the journal star". he told the paper should reassure america and the world that america is still a leader, and we can and will get the job done. he said, quote, that is very important for the world to realize. more the point, though, chuck hagel then said, "well, now that we've killed osama bin laden, let's leave afghanis
president obama in 2008. >> democrats don't accept him as an alternative choice. >> hagel appears to be a man without a party. >> is chuck hagel the right choice for secretary of defense? it is certainly not the most easy one. >> the new conservative dominance of policy thinking ended when barack obama was elected president. but today was the day that the obama administration made the single biggest play to define what comes next. what is t next. today, he nominated chuck hagel, in doing, he nominated the first vietnam veteran. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that is something we only do when it is absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he has said, is geared to the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying. with chuck, our troops will always know just like sergeant hagel was there for his own brother, secretary hagel will be there for you. and finally, chuck represents the bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. for his independence, and commitment to consensus, he has earned the respect
, this is the "kudlow report." in washington, the obama team pushed its gun control agenda on three fronts today. talking to walmart, the nra, and hollywood. and the administration package is starting to take shape and we're going to walk you through it. also in washington, d.c., president obama finally makes it official and nominates jack lew for treasury secretary. but, he received a quote obscene million dollar bonus as his boss obama would put it while working at citibank which got bailed out to the tune of $45 billion. is that part of the jack lew story that's going to make him toxic in his confirmation hearings? >>> and we go out to san diego where the family of the late nfl star junior learned he had a brain disease when he committed suicide. did football kill him? >>> and back to hollywood, my favorite movie of the year "lincoln" gets the lion share of oscar nominations. this is a fabulous film about government dysfunction and how abe lincoln solved it then. can we learn something about it now? the "kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up this evening, call it the d.c. gun show. al
house, we've got the latest evidence the obama team is serious about changing the way we handle guns in this country. ahead of today's key meeting, the nra vice president -- ahead of today's meeting with the nra, vice president biden assured the country, action is on its way. >> there's got to be some common ground here to not solve any problem, but to diminish the probability of what we've seen in these mass shootings. >> there's a real tight window to do this. i've committed to him. i could have these recommendations to him by tuesday. >> recommendations hit the president's desk in five days. now is the time to get this done. the vice president recalled the recent tragedy as the driver for change. >> in all of my years involved in munitions, there has nothing that has peeked the consciousness of the american people, there is nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little secure kids riddle ed riddled, with a stray bullet, but riddled. i'm not sure i can guarantee this will never happen again, but even as the pthd said, if what we d
at this very hour, president barack obama is considering taking executive action aimed at limiting your second amendment rights. this bombshell came from the vice-president earlier today during a meeting with his gun control task force. let's start and take a look at this. >> we're here today to deal with the-- requires urgent action, and the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in photo opportunities or ask you all what your opinions are. we are -- we are mightily interested in what you have to say. we're reaching out to all, all parties on whatever side of this debate falls. but the president is going to act or executive order be, executive action can be taken, we haven't decided what yet, but we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members, as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> sean: did you hear that? let me repeat what the vice-president just said, quote, the president is going to act through executive orders. what exactly does that mean? it means our imperial president is weighing po
jay carney seem to back off of the idea with this group, who knows? obama is relying on executive orders to bypass congressional authority. this is what he refers to as we can't wait initiative. as i c get republicans the hell out of the way initiative. he's been using this for projects and poll says, now, it made several recess aplt.ments. senate was still in session. no president has attempt that had power grab. he's halted deportation of illegal immigrants. he adopted provisions of the dream act. failed to pass it through congress and also changed well ware work requirement was out subordinate them for review. the office said he should have consulted congress in that case. you're witnessing an out of control, an arrogant and unconstitutional executive power grab and here to talk about the legality ti of this to discuss what options the president may be waying when it comes to the second amendment and gun control from american center for law and justice, jay seculo and former special council to former president clinton, lenny davis, welcome back. >> geechblgt. >> chief justice h
to rest the whole idea that there will ever about an obama pivot to the center. he went with a guy who was to the left of tim geithner. he is there to execute the obama tax hike don't reform entitlements policy. >> that is a greaeat point. >> he is there to stabilize the debt. >> this is not a centerist appointment. th mr. geithner, i believe he was a centerist. >> why is he a financial market guy? >> he grew up as a banker. what about larry fink, he is a democrat and well respected by everyone. >> i have a list here. >> jamie diamond. ken chenault. >> you need someone who understands the fiscal books at a time like this. >> we disagree. we don't need someone who understands the books, we need someone who understands where we should go and where those books should take us. and i don't think he does. i don't think they understand fiscal policy better than jack lou. he got you guys a surplus back in the 90s. >> all established people in financial markets all distinguished people who command the respect of not only around here in the new york area but the whole g-20. this is going to be a
obama. that would be enough. the fact that he negotiated a deal, which republicans didn't fare well in, in terms of the tax deal. this guy is so confirmable. >> all right, richard wolff gets the last word. >>> out of the way. obama's coming. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i think we're looking at a new barack obama. you know the expression let reagan be reagan. i think we're seeing barack obama be barack obama. an in your face challenge to the right wing. he's putting in a guy who knows the lessons of vietnam and iraq and putting him out front, making him his point man as he goes into the war of hawkish republicans who count the months between wars as an unwanted time-out. who like nothing more than the next war to fight. meet barack obama two. he's going to run the way he believes to do it. i like it. i think there's one guy out there by the way ironically rooting for obama. it's the guy who got used by the hawks, saw his place ruined by their lies. his name is george w. bush. and he's sitting down there i
haas writes from alberta, canada, he would like to have dinner with president obama because eric is pretty sure the president would pick up the tab. (laughter) >> i'm picking that up, eric, not him. back to tips of the day, thank you for writing. very interesting reading. that's it for us tonight. check out the fox news factor website different from billoreilly.com. also we'd like to you spout out about the factor, from anywhere in the world and even kazakhstan. and anytime, anytime. word of the dskurrilous, not squirrelous. i i'm bill o'reilly. remember, the spin stops here, remember, we're looking out for you. >> and welcome to hahn, the president and his newly formed gun task force continue to plug away taking away your guns and vice-president biden with his task force, they met with gun rights groups at the white house and aiming to have a list of recommendations on president obama's desk by tuesday. but before his meeting with the n.r.a. this afternoon, biden gave us a glimse into what some of those suggestions might be. watch this. >> there's an emerging set of recommenda
with president obama. good evening. breaking news, superstorm sandy crashing ashore new jersey. two million people without power. i watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today. really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. you know, you see sights like the seaside boardwalk where the program the "jersey shore" is filmed. the boardwalk is gone. amusement rides, roller coaster in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> you've taken charge, as you've always done in these situations, and in a very impressive way. people have been surprised that you've been so outspokenly supportive and praise worthy of the president. i'm not surprised, knowing you, but explain why you were happy to did so close to an election when some people will say that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than the election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people of my state. and when the president does things that deserve praise, i will give him praise and when
for some of the toughest firmte firstterm decisions. this is obama's team. a lot different from gates, from even panetta and from clinton or petraeus. >>> all right, moving on. battle lines are set for a march budget showdown and the leading players appear to be doing their best to establish, i would argue, the low ground. remember, three deadlines coincide two months from now. setting up some form of triple jeopardy, if you will. the treasury department runs out of options to cover u.s. borrowing risking potential default. the whole debt ceiling business. the domestic and defense cuts postpone for two months by the fiscal cliff deal kick in. also known as sequester around these parts. of course, march 27th, the big the continuing resolution that funds the entire government expires. that may be where things truly heat up. mitch mcconnell drew a line in the sand saying though republicans are willing to work on tax reform as part of upcoming budget negotiations, new tax revenue is, "absolutely off the table." >> we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over, it's behind us. >> the tax issue is
served on the foreign relations committee and co-chair of president obama's intelligence advisory award. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again. and especially its men and women in uniform and their families. these are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and sellessness. >> already, hagel is getting support from both sides of the aisle. former secretary of state colin powell says i wholeheartedly endorse president obama's nomination for former senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. senator hagel is well qualified with his broad experience in national security affairs. he's the president's choice. he's clearly a qualified candidate. but, yet, again, republicans are attacking one of the president's pick. and this time, they're turning their backs on one of their own. senator lindsey graham says he's out of the mainstream. john mccain says he has serious concerns about hagel's views on national kurt. and senate minority leader promises hagel a lot of tough questions. many of these same -- now, the pro
floating. president obama is meeting with president karzai tomorrow. but it has also revealed where american politics are. in year 12 of this war. nobody is outraged by the prospect of it being all the way over. nobody is shooting this balloon down. now it is time for "the last word with lawrence odonnell". the nra met it's worst nightmare today and his name is joe biden. >> the nra is a friend of freedom. >> i want to thank the national rifle association. >> they do a terrific job. >> we have the craziest people. >> too much weaponry in all the wrong hands. >> but there are also thing that is we know. >> he has a lot of friends on the hill. >> the vice president's task force powwow. >> there is no room. >> not to give an inch of ground. >> there is no room for compromise. >> we have another school shooting in taft, california at the same moment the nra is at the white house. >> they want chain jooth it is simple. >> more guns are not the answer. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle. >> the newtown tragedy, tucson and the movie theater massacres. >> is part of what sets america apa
at the white house and aiming to have a list of recommendations on president obama's desk by tuesday. but before his meeting with the n.r.a. this afternoon, biden gave us a glimse into what some of those suggestions might be. watch this. >> there's an emerging set of recommendations, not coming from me, but coming from the groups we've met with and i'm focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership, the type of weapons that they own. and one is, there's a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high capacity magazines, as i've heard spontaneously from every group that we've met with so far. and the last area, which is an area at that is-- the whole question of the ability of any federal agency to do any research on the issue of gun violence. >> sean: now, keep in mind, uncle joe made those comments before he met with members of gun rights groups and from the sound of it the meeting was very unproductive. the n.r.a. puts out a statement. we we
to spread their legs to get frisked at the senate. when he ran with president obama the idea of the obama candidacy was to get washington past it's partisan warfar aree. that new kind of politics has lead to many successes. it has not led to less part sanship. the one part that has been a bright spot in cutting deals and getting a working relationship is this old school senate drenched back room dealing. in a funny way it has worked in this new bitter era. >> karen, it looks like we are headed for a biden versus clinton presidential primary in 2016 and make others. but it looks like joe biden and hillary are going to be in there. i don't know that i can bear to think about 2016. but anything is possible is what i would say at this point. here is the thing about joe biden, he has street credit. think about when he went to the naacp. he felt he was natural and he had credibility with the audience. he was able to talk about the things that mattered to the audience. that is part of what he has brought to the white house. he was also a part of the foreign policy team. maybe it will be hillary
his job. not everyone is happy. and a columnist suggests that president obama is a disappointment. and when police would be able to confiscate your guns. let's go "outfront." >> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. the last time the first round of voting was too close was 1983. he got only six more than the bare minimum to keep his job. as for the tears they did come from none other than john bainer in -- boehner to his party members after the narrow victory. >> if you come here humbled by the opportunity to serve, if you've come here to be the determined voice of the people, if you've come here to carry the standard of leadership, demanded not by our constituents, but by the times, then you've come to the right place. >> outfront tonight, one republican who did not support john boehner today was not moved by those tears. freshman congressman, ted yoho of florida. today was your first day in congress and you came out with a strong statement. let me just play for you how your vote for speaker went down. here it is. >> you voted for majority leader eric cantor, not john boehner
the government if president obama won't negotiate on the debt ceiling. >>> plus, after president obama one of our guests says the next president of the united states will be black. does it add up? >>> and why one politician accused of a crime was stripped and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor se
. he is an american patriot. >> president obama nominates chuck hagel as defense secretary, and conservatives are fuming. >> positions that he has taken over the years will be, i think very much a matter of discussion. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> if hagel is nominated, it is very difficult to imagine circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> admiral joe sestak and richard wolffe are here on the road to confirmation and what this could mean for defense cuts. >>> republicans are coming out for the government shutdown. >> you think that's a good idea? >> yes, i do. >> you really do? >> yes. >> john nichols on their backwards reasoning. >>> mcdonnell doesn't mind another hostage situation for the deficit, at the expense of the most vulnerable. david cay johnston lays out the gop fabricated spending problem ahead. >>> the opposition on gun control reaches heated extremes. >> i don't think the federal government has any business having a list of law abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. >> but fo
there is something you could find about him, maybe that he works for a guy called barack obama. that would be enough. the fact that he negotiated a >>> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. conservatives compare president obama to hitler over the gun issue? this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in photo opportunities. >> joe biden says the president is serious about guns. >> you cannot tell me that a kid sitting in the basement for hours playing call of duty and killing people over and over and over again does not desensitize that child to the real life effects of violence. >> and republicans blame video games. the time for excuses is over. katrina vanden hubbell of the nation on what it takes to keep the debate from going in circles. >>> armed in the classroom. we're talking to a teacher tonight about why she wants to carry a weapon in school. >>> and the war on women is back. cecile richards and the attack on planned parenthood. >>> drone strikes. they are killing terrorists, but the in
's original signature. this is jack lew. all signs point to president obama say i knowing him to replace tim geithner. and if he is nominated and confirmed, that will mean that our money might end up looking like this. because that is jack lew's signature on it. if he doesn't choose to tune up the legibility of the loop de loops like tim geithner did, our money mite look like this. what "new york" magazine described as a slinky that has lost its spring, republicans in washington are hinting that we won't actually have to worry about seeing jack lew's wacky signature on our money. they're saying he doesn't have to worry about changing the signature to it looks good on the money because he, jack lew, will never be the guy who has to actually sign the money. he will never be treasury secretary. politico.com today to be, quote, scoffing at the notion of jack lew as treasury secretary. mitch mcconnell is said to have been irked by mr. lew in the past. republican senator from nebraska, mike johanns called lew a controversial pick. the reasonable he is controversial is, quote, i think there are nic
out of the negotiations with obama? that's what he pledged. he wanted to pick up conservative votes as bob costa said. is that what you want him to do? >> well, that's his decision. what i want to make sure we do is if he does go into negotiations, this is critical for any negotiation, you have to be willing to walk away from the table. and then you can start moving things in a more conservative direction. and we can start controlling spending. look, we can raise the debt ceiling, not raise the debt ceiling. our credit rating will get downgraded. what we have to do if we want to do the right thing for our country is control spending that's what i ran on. that's what i'm intending to do representing the first district of oklahoma. >> all right. how about no more tax hikes in the house? that's one of the things -- >> i'm for it. >> yes, i figured you would be -- congratulations i'm a supply-sider. but you know that obama is going to come back with another massive tax hike. he -- we're going to see this before the winter is out. you know that. it's going to be 6, $700 billion and going
's how much in spending cuts president obama and democrats are willing to give in the next round of debt talks. but wait, there's more. cash for clunkers, the grand plan to get the auto industry on track. it's not only bad for the economy, but hurt the environment as well. "varney & company" is about to begin. karen anjeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they' gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >> good morning, "varney & company," viewers. today is monday, january 7th and gerard depardieu, well, he's welcomed to russia with open arms and here, we're going to welcome with you open arms, with sandra smith and on the floor of the new york stock exchange, of cou
now. >>> up next, a top republican threatens to shut down the government if president obama won't negotiate on the debt ceiling. plus, after president obama one of our guests says the next president of the united states will be black. does it add up? >> and why one politician acruised of a crime was strip and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat from the government to shut down government if president obama refuses to tell gauche yat. president obama needs to take note of it and put forward a plan and note it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raszing the debt creeling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. he's the former direct over the congressional republican office and beyond outrage what has gone wrong with our economy, our democracy and how to fix it. i sho
to meet with president obama, a debate emerges about how long u.s. troops will be there. a central issue that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff kick off a series of meetings with what the white house describes as stake holders in this debate aimed at
president obama is a disappointment. and sweeping changes to america's gun laws, proposed, when police would be able to confiscate your guns. a possibly huge move. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, drama, intrigue, tears, it was almost byzantine. under fire, john boehner narrowly won a first round vote to keep his job as house speaker. it's pretty amazing, because the last time the first round of voting was too close to call was 1923. so after all the votes were meticulously counted, boehner's tally topped out at 220. that is only six more than the bare minimum he needed to keep his job. now, as for the tears, of course, they did come from none other than john boehner. in an emotional victory speech to his house members after the narrow victory. >> if you come here humbled by the opportunity to serve, if you've come here to be the determined voice of the people, if you've come here to carry the standard of leadership, demanded not by our constituents, but by the times, then you've come to the right place. >> outfront tonight, one republica
, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor secretary and author of a book that explains how we all feel these days, beyond outrage over what has gone wrong with our economy, our democracy, and how to fix it. i hope you have solutions to solve the crisis we all feel. but, robert, let me start with you. in john cornyn's scenario where we shut down the government, how dire of an outcome is that? >> well, it's a terrible out
. >>> and the president has called bill o'reilly's bluff and raised his taxes. >> if barack obama begins taxing me more than 50%, which is very possible, i don't know how much longer i'm going to do this. >> tonight we bid a fond farewell to the mayor of cable news. >> i like my job, but there comes a point when taxation becomes oppressive. >> good to have you with us tonight folks. thanks for watching. the next fight over our economic future is under way. republicans are making sure the fight is dirty. president obama and congressional democrats do not have any time to celebrate the fiscal cliff deal they reached earlier this week. in about two months the country will reach its spending limit. republicans already announced their intentions to hold the debt ceiling hostage once again. >> i think there's going to be a whole new field of battle when the debt ceiling rolls around. most of us have pledged that we're going to have to, before we vote again to raise the debt ceiling, even though it may be at great political cost, we've got to address spending, and that means entitlements. >> well, there you h
. >>> brooke, thanks. president obama as the president's inner circle. also, the fierce spread of the flu across the united states and now a shortage of a critical medicine used to treat it. >>> plus, prominent voices lending support to an unlikely idea of a trillion dollar coin. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> judgment, integrity, and friendship all cited by president obama as he nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary but the announcement is drawing attention to the makeup of the president's second-term cabinet. it's on track to be dominated by men. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us from the white house. what is the white house saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has been asked about this quite a bit. white house press secretary jay carney has said that the president believes diversity is important and he's highlighted that there are a number of women serving in the white house and in the administration and indeed there are, wolf, and there's lack of topics in his cabinet. president
. gerri: all right. well, the outcry has started almost immediately. why is it president obama chooses to go around congress and make his wishes known by edict? doesn't it seem like he overrides are elected representatives we too often? in truth, barack obama is not the biggest issuer of executive orders. take a look. president obama has 147. towards w. bush, 291, clinton, 364. granted, those were the course of two terms. again, reagan takes the prize. if you go back further, the biggest order of executive orders was, get this, harry truman, who between 1945 and 1953 issued 8906 executive orders. successfully challenged when he placed all steel mills in the country under federal control because he failed to act to further a law congress had already passed and instead is to his own policy. the supreme court invalidated the move which is so concerned about the idea of the president making lot about guns and gun ownership. we know obama has never been a fan of guns. remember his statement about people who cling to their guns and religion? that was not a compliment. it was an insult. the i
of women that he has. >> oh, please. >> to barack obama. >> oh, please. no. he's fine. >> they're binders. it's different now. >> no, it's not different. >> now it's different because barack obama obviously doesn't know any qualified women to serve in his cabinet. mitt romney's got binders of women that are qualified to serve. >> he widened the search and was mocked. >> no, actually, mitt romney basically ridiculed the whole concept of hiring women by getting binders. and this president has put policies -- >> has just decided not to hire women. >> are you going to interrupt? >> i don't need the binders. i just won't hire them. >> you can stop talking for a second. >> hey, valerie -- >> the 2,000 tweets that come in right now saying shut up and let mika talk. >> i'm going to take care -- let's shortcut this whole process. i'm just not going to hire any women. and hey, by the way, we just lost another female cabinet member yesterday. that's another man we can hire. to play basketball with and go golfing with. >> the supreme court. all right. the bottom line is this president, as i was going
no way. and, remember this? >> barack obama is the worst president in history. >> that's congressman ben quail walking off camera. now, he's walking out of the capitol. one of the many members of congress we won't see this term, but whom you will see in the side show. we begin with whether republicans are building the deficit msnbc chief economist to vice president. >>> gentlemen, allow me to read something to you that was published today. if the on going war between republicans and democrats was really over those future budget deficits, you might consider republicans and dem krats focusing on ways to hold down costs. it's not what this war is about. it's about the size of govt. tea party republicans want the government to be much smaller. jaret, i say yes, but, surely a $16 trillion debt is serious business and requires attention. >> absolutely. in fact, if you look -- i don't really do the pox on both of their discussions. if you look at it, it's accurate. if you look at the offer that the president made in mid-december, or if you look at the president's budget, he actually accomplishe
. president obama is announcing his new cabinet choices that will shape the future of the u.s. military as well as defense policy and intelligence gathering. the next hour, two more cabinet nominees will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been callin
. let me do that now. today president obama is expected to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel of nebraska as the next defense secretary. hagel, a decorated vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. his confirmation, however, is -- can you believe this -- shaping up to be a testy battle with the republicans. even though he is a republican. a number of republicans have suggested they will challenge their former colleague with tough questions on his foreign policy record. >> his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republican s in the senate. >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. i expect the president to nominate people different than
commuters. a hot air wedding nightmare and coolest new gadgets. good morning. president obama meets with his defense secretary today. it's his new choice for that job. former nebraska senator chuck hagel that has republicans reeling. tracie potts is live in washington this morning with more on how his pentagon and cia nominations could prompt the next big fight on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, we could hear more about that here today. chuck hagel bringing up concerns from democrats and republicans. and as for john brennan, we're seeing the aclu and others speak out about that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary
. we need to close the gun show loophole. there are certain things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system, that was set up we have to come together. i think it's one of those enough is enough moments. >>> don't miss "the ed show" weeknights at 8:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> as president obama prepares for a visit by afghan president hamid karzai, the white house said for the first time it's possible that no american troops will remain in afghanistan after 2014. a so-called zero option that would remove all u.s. troops by the end of next year would be be considered according to deputy security adviser benjamin rhodes. "the washington posts" some are pushing for and arguing that a smaller force would be the best way to end the costly unpopular war. >>> a military judge has refused to toss out charges against army private bradley manning who is accused of providing classified documents to wikileaks, but she is reducing any prison sentence that he may receive.
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